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2021 previous Newsletters, features, links, during Covid-19 restrictions ~ click news page for latest


2021 newsletters listed below

2020 newsletters and links are here

Food banks and Mary's Meals

newsletter and website featured articles and links 2021 (as at July 19th)


Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for January: 'Human Fraternity. May the Lord give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions, praying for one another, open to all.'

A Culture of Care As a Path to Peace'. Pope Francis' message for Jan 1st, 2021, the 54th World Day of Peace.

Bishop Mark's 5th Jan pastoral message pdf & video for 3rd lockdown

"20 + C + M + B + 21" Epiphany traditional New Year Home Blessing "Christus Mansionem Benedicat" - “May Christ bless this house” pdf ~ adaptable for any time of year, e.g. a new home

A Year of St Joseph: See newsletters 10th Jan, 7th March etc. Novena: St Joseph 10-18 March ~ Daily Novena Prayer: Almighty God, you have chosen Saint Joseph to be the mainstay of Jesus and Mary, the wise and faithful servant in whom they could trust. We pray that he may truly be the guardian of your Church; that he may inspire with confidence those who are devoted to him; that he may give security to those who work in the vineyard of Your Son; and finally, that he may be a source of strength to us, who wish, like him, to dedicate ourselves to Christ's service, now and in times to come. Amen.

see Newsletters 17th + 24th Jan The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is observed from 18th - 25th January, the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul. Theme for 2021 is 'Abiding in Christ', with resources for download from 'Churches Together in Britain and Ireland' (link above) For 2021 these are prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland.

How can prayer help us navigate the struggles and conflict of our world today? For this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, #PrayForCornwall, join Churches Together in Cornwall for 10 min podcasts daily Mon 18 - 25 Jan, containing short reflections  to strengthen us in our daily lives, from church and community leaders including Bishop Philip, Rev Mark Dunn-Wilson, Bishop Hugh, Deacon Andrew Shute, Roger Mills, Jane Yeomans, Lesley Chandler and others. see the CT podcast page or Facebook / Twitter pages, also Spotify / iTunes later each day.

From our audio library: The CTIPA Christian Unity Service, with Choral Evening Prayer, in our Parish church on 22nd Jan 2012. Preacher: The Bishop of Truro, Tim Thornton; 'if we take prayer seriously, will the process of prayer allow the possibility of change ... structural unity, working together.'  listen to audio file listen / download mp3 audio (16:20 mins) 

Peace Sunday is celebrated in England and Wales on 17 Jan 2021. see Pax Christi, the International Catholic movement for peace for resources

'Communicating by Encountering People as They Are' Pope Francis' message for World Communications Day, Jan 24th 2021

homily on offering up 'suffering' by Bp. Robert Barron, Mass for Hospital Workers and First Responders (Jan 12)

4 talks on the Gospel of Mark - Fr Matt Blake, find on Carmelite Kensington website or YouTube - enter more deeply into the readings for most Sundays in year B.

"We can always give praise, in good times and bad, because God is the faithful Friend. This is the foundation of praise: God is the faithful Friend, and His love never fails." ~ Pope Francis, January 2021

Racial Justice Sunday 31st January 2021 This year’s Racial Justice Sunday is more important than ever. The effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, the killing of George Floyd, and the powerful message on fraternity and equality by Pope Francis in Fratelli Tutti speak of the need to actively oppose racism and pursue racial justice with renewed vigour.


Evangelium Newsletter: 'Making Disciples - Speaking The Truth In Love' ~ from Plymouth Diocese Vicariate of Evangelisation & Catechesis Incorporating Marriage, Family Life & Youth, February 2021

Listen to the 'Stay Awake' 2021 Catholic Christian Conference worship music on spotify - Dorchester February. Praise and worship, keynote talks (including David Wells, a past speaker here in Holy Family parish), discussion time and a kids session. 'Stay Awake 2021' link is left here hoping recordings become available. Also on Facebook.

Lent resource pages + Reconciliation etc

A short meditation for Lent 2021: ‘The Green Cross’ by Canon David Annear (pdf)


Statement from Catholic Bishops Conference for Tuesday 23rd March as a National Day of Reflection (and prayer) to mark anniversary of first national lockdown.

video Reflection for Ash Wednesday from Plymouth Cathedral 

From Pope Francis on Twitter: "All of us have spiritual infirmities that we cannot heal on our own. We need Jesus’ healing, we need to present our wounds to him and say: “Jesus, I am in your presence, with my sin, with my sorrows. You can set me free. Heal my heart”. #Lent

Pray the Rosary with Bishop Robert Barron using his introduction to the Rosary videos

Music for the Triduum during Covid-19 restrictions on singing, recordings from choir and musicians at our church.


‘True Life in Christ  A short meditation for Easter 2021 by Canon David Annear, based on the fourth of our Rosary windows, the Glorious Mysteries.

Pope Francis: Urbi et Orbi - 'To the city and to the world', Easter 2021 + broadcast on BBC

Cardinal Vincent Nichols: Easter message 2021

speaker icon listen to Holy Saturday Solemnity of the Lord's Resurrection - our Easter Vigil Mass (edit 55 mins)

speaker icon Music during Covid-19 restrictions on singing, recordings of choir and other musicians at our church

Fr. Philip in Newsletter for 18th April: Prince Philip RIP. Much has been said, shown and written this past week. Few knew much of his religious faith and thinking. He had on his own bookshelves 634 books on religion. He founded in 1966 St George’s House, Windsor, as a place for frank, vigorous discussion across religious and political divides. He did write “Religious conviction is the strongest and probably the only factor in sustaining the dignity and integrity of the individual.” The royal biographer Christopher Warwick wrote “He was a very religious man and very questioning when it came to religion.” Here is a prayer he wrote for a book of prayers in 1998, “O Lord, the creator of the universe and author of the laws of nature, inspire in us thy servants the will to ensure the survival of all the species of animals and plants which you have given to share this planet with us. Help us to understand that we have a responsibility for them and that ‘having dominion’ does not mean that you have given us the right to exploit the living world without thought for the consequences. Through him who taught us that Solomon could not compare with the beauty of the flowers of the field.”

Bishop Mark: Vespers of the Dead in Plymouth Cathedral on 9th April, praying especially for HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. We commend his soul to God. Requiescat in pace. video

'Prayer for the day' with Cardinal Vincent Nichols, BBC Radio 4 on 10th April: listen "Good morning. Today we mourn the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, a man of such vitality, determination and noble sense of duty. Who can forget the pageant on the River Thames marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee when he stood for hours in the rain at her side, not counting the cost? I recall also, at the Palace of Holyrood House, he stood alongside the Queen and the Pope, all three in their eighties, each committed to serving nation or church without regard for age or personal cost. A little time later, in an interview marking his ninetieth birthday, Prince Philip said that he would slow down and reduce his duties, stating that he had ‘done his bit’. Only much later did he in fact retire from public life. This is how many of us will remember Prince Philip – always there beside his wife and sovereign, but active in his own right. This was the life he chose when he married her, knowing that she would one day be Queen. At the Coronation he was not crowned of course, but knelt before her with her hands enclosing his, and swore to be her ‘liege man of life and limb’. At the Diamond Jubilee the Queen referred to him as her ‘constant strength and guide’.   Lord, we thank you for the long life which you gave to your servant, Prince Philip, a life lived in loyalty and service to his Queen and to our country . As he now rests from his labours may he share in your peace and rise in glory. Amen"

listen to 'Thought for the day' with Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, BBC Radio 4 on 10th April.

ICYMI - in case you missed it: One year ago in lockdown #1, 300+ churches sang The Irish Blessing over Ireland and beyond.


Pray the Rosary with Bishop Robert Barron using his introduction to the Rosary videos

Thy Kingdom Come. Bishop Mark has taken the lead on this evangelisation initiative, video: The annual International Ecumenical Initiative of Thy Kingdom Come is promoting a novena of prayer from Ascension Thursday until Pentecost Sunday, introducing more people to Jesus. This year it is encouraging us all to pray particularly for a minimum of five nominated friends or relatives, on a daily basis, that we wish to bring closer to Jesus. Information and resources available at the Thy Kingdom Come website. 

Novena Prayer: Lord Jesus, We pray for the confidence to be missionary disciples, sharing your Good News of salvation with those we meet in our daily lives. We bring before you in prayer those who have never known you, that the light of your truth may penetrate their minds and hearts, and those who have grown lukewarm in their faith that they may be reawakened to your graces. We commend to you those in need of your mercy that they will know the joy of your forgiveness (name the five people you want to pray for). We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

'For the Spirit himself is gift: he lives by giving himself and in this way he keeps us together, making us sharers in the same gift. It is important to believe that God is gift, that he acts not by taking away, but by giving.' ~ Pope Francis


Pentecost & Catholic Charismatic Renewal: The Story of the Duquesne Weekend as told by participants David Mangan and Patti Gallagher Mansfield on the occasion of the 53rd Anniversary Weekend - watch here

In previous years, Life in the Spirit seminars ran between Easter and Pentecost usually in Truro but occasionally in Penzance and Falmouth. Watch the Pentecost 2020 (virtual) Life in the Spirit Sessions from The Ark and the Dove worldwide website - session 1 'God’s Love'; session 2 'Salvation'; session 3 'The New Life'; session 4 'Receiving God's Gift'; session 5 'Praying for Baptism in the Holy Spirit'; session 6 'Growth'; session 7 'Transformation in Christ'. nb each has same intro so skip forward 3 minutes after watching the first or second one.

Pentecost page | video: Praying The Pentecost Novena (2020)


This parish has always generously supported the work of the charity Mary's Meals. The charity aims to provide a free meal for every child in school every school day around the world, believing that helping children to stay in school and gain an education can lift communities out of poverty. If you do not yet know about this charity, please visit their website Mary's Meals or ask us. We would like to form a group to help Mary’s Meals in prayer, fundraising, awareness-raising or using any skills/knowledge which a potential group may have. Please contact Fr Philip if you would be interested in helping and coming to an initial socially distanced meeting. previous MM info


While in the UK for the G7 meeting in Carbis Bay, President of the USA Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden attended Sunday morning Mass at St. Ives on 13th June. He spoke to Fr. Philip and parishioners after Mass. 

comment - newsletter 20th June

photo: parishioner Nina Roldan

news report: video by 'Distilled Films'

video Ordination of Albert Lawes to the Sacred Priesthood 25th June 2021



A short Statement from Catholic Bishops Conference on attending Mass after national removal of Covid 19 legal restrictions on 19th July 

SEE News + Newsletter page for all subsequent items


Other links of interest:

Reading the Whole Bible in a year?! A reading plan can help: example - advice - 'Word on the go' for busy Catholics > scripture crash course - Bishops conference scripture group

Catholic Bishops Conference A new lectionary for England and Wales for 2022

BBC: Faiths join to rebuild historic city of Mosul video

Vatican News Network Pope Francis appoints Sr. Nathalie Becquart, first woman to Synod of Bishops 

video St Mary's Catholic Primary School Lent Mass recorded in church and watched by the children in school at end of term.

video: St Mary's Catholic Primary School Advent Mass recorded in church and watched by the children in school.

If you are isolating and miss the familiar interior of our church, do watch the 'welcome' video

Building the new North Aisle at Penzance

Pray for the pandemic:

Almighty ever-living God, only support of our human weakness, look with compassion upon the sorrowful condition of your children who suffer because of this pandemic; relieve the pain of the sick, give strength to those who care for them, welcome into your peace those who have died and, throughout this time of tribulation, grant that we may all find comfort in your merciful love. Through Christ our Lord. Amen (from Carmelites Kensington)


Support Local Food Banks and Food Aid groups:

update click here for latest pdf then scroll down to 'Churches Together in Penzance Area CTIPA Foodbank' ... and to 'Hayle Foodbank' - for current needs & info. Collecting boxes in our churches and local shops and supermarkets. Money donations also welcomed via CTIPA ... ('Transformation Cornwall' is an ecumenical charity that strengthens faith based social action in Cornwall)

* Penzance Street Food Project - info is on Facebook (is part of 'Growing links')

* Food for Families Penzance CIC info is on Facebook - aiming to reduce food poverty in Penzance + West Cornwall

Mary's Meals provide daily school meals to more than 1.6 million children, in 19 countries across the globe. It costs only £15.90 to feed a child for a whole school year. MM's mission is to provide a daily meal in a place of learning to attract chronically poor children into the classroom, where they receive an education that can in future, be a ladder out of poverty.

Giving talks for churches plays a huge part in raising awareness and raising vital funds. While volunteers are currently unable to do this, founder Magnus, sent a video message for church groups. Watch their short films Child 31 and Generation Hope

video - how Mary’s Meals is feeding hungry children through the pandemic, with personal reflections on how faith is bringing hope and comfort ~ video "Love Reaches Everywhere".

previous 2021 Sunday newsletters list. click news page for latest ... (2020 with related links are here)

January: 'Sunday Message' - January | January Homilies

3rd January - 2nd Sun in Christmastime.
listen to 2nd Jan 5pm Vigil Mass (edit)

10th January - Baptism of the Lord.
17th January - 2nd Sun in ordinary time.
24th January - 3rd Sun in ordinary time
31st January - 4th Sun in ordinary time
February: 'Sunday Message' - February | February Homilies

7th February - 5th Sun in ordinary time
listen to 7th Feb Sunday Mass
14th February - 6th Sun in ordinary time
21st February - 1st Sunday in Lent - listen to 21st Feb  Sunday Mass (edit 37 mins)
28th February - 2nd Sunday in Lent - homily pdf

March: 'Sunday Message' - March | March Homilies

7th March - 3rd Sun in Lent - homily pdf
14th March - 4th Sun in Lent - homily pdf
21st March - 5th Sun in Lent
28th March - Palm Sunday & Holy Week - homily pdf

April: 'Sunday Message' for April | April Homilies

4th April - Easter week
11th April - Divine Mercy Sunday
18th April - 3rd of Easter
- homily
25th April - 4th Sunday of Easter (Vocations Sunday)

May:  'Sunday Message' for May | May Homilies

2nd May - 5th of Easter
9th May - 6th of Easter 
Feast of the Ascension: listen to Homily
16th May - 7th of Easter
23rd May - Pentecost - Pentecost notes
30th May -Trinity Sunday

June: 'Sunday Message' for June

Liturgical Calendar 2021

recent Medjugorje messages 

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